Advanced Learner Loans - What's available

The amount available depends on:

  • your course
  • the fees charged by your college or training provider

You can choose the amount you want to borrow up to the maximum available. This is then put towards the fees charged by your college or training provider. The minimum you can borrow is £300.

College and training providers may charge more than the maximum loan available. You’ll need to self-fund any difference between your loan and your course fee.

Number of loans you can get

Courses starting from 1 August 2016

You can normally apply for up to 4 loans and you can get more than one at the same time.

You can apply for another loan to take the same level of a course, for example, the same level qualification in History if you’ve already had a loan for the same level in Maths.

You can only apply once for an Access to Higher Education course.

Courses starting before 1 August 2016

You can apply for up to 4 loans but you can only get one loan at a time. You have to be 24 or over and studying level 3, level 4, Access to HE or A levels.

You can’t apply for another loan to take the same level of a course, for example, the same level qualification in French if you’ve already had a loan for the same level in Italian.

A levels

You can apply for a loan to fund each course you take towards your A levels - up to a maximum of 4 A levels.

This means you can have up to 8 loans if you’re taking each A level as 2 separate courses.

The courses must be in the same subject to qualify as a full A level.

You can get 3 more loans for non A level courses either before or after your course of A levels.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary fund

You can also apply to get money from the Loan Bursary Fund.

The money can help pay for things such as:

  • accommodation and travel
  • course materials and equipment
  • childcare
  • classroom assistance for a disability or learning difficulty

You should speak to your college or training provider to find out more information and apply for the bursary.